One of the problems in our political discourse, today, is the ideologues on the extreme left and right who, frankly, have never solved a problem in their lives. These are the intolerant people who, fearing a differing opinion, demean their political opponents by claiming an opponnet is mentally ill. In my opinion, that type of discourse is completely anti-American and is more in line with what happened to political opponents in the old USSR. I have no use for political ideologues.
To solve our problems, liberals, conservatives and moderates have to work together. None of us is ever going to get 100% of what we want in a political battle; however, compromise is possible when each side considers what best for the country and Americans as a whole.
The current debate regarding health care reform is rather silly in my opinion. On the right, we have those who claim the government has no role and, on the left, we have those who claim the government is the only answer. However, there's a middle ground here and, perhaps, the best approach is a combination of limited government intervention and private insurance. Other countries use this approach and it works. The big problem in some of those countries is the population is aging and birth rates are extremely low; therefore, even those programs will need reform.
The bottom line, for me, is that I'm willing to discuss an issue with anyone, but I'll ignore those who tend to fall into the political idelogue category because, frankly, they have nothing positive to offer.